Boris Johnson has resigned as the Foreign Secretary of United Kingdom, become the 3rd minister to walk out of the British government in last 24 hours. Boris resigned amid a widening split in the cabinet over Brexit, as per reports.
Prime Minister Theresa May’s office has accepted the resignation and will soon announce the replacement though Boris is yet to make any statement on his resignation.
“This afternoon, the Prime Minister accepted the resignation of Boris Johnson as Foreign Secretary. His replacement will be announced shortly. The Prime Minister thanks Boris for his work,”A Downing Street spokesman was quoted as saying.
Speculation began to grow after Boris failed to turn up to a planned summit for the Western Balkans in east London. When the former London London Mayor failed to arrive even other ministers began to make light of the situation.
Hear he was not at Cobra and cancelled the lunch at the summit too https://t.co/7jdwPgkfeP
— Laura Kuenssberg (@bbclaurak) July 9, 2018
Boris’ resignation has come just hours after Brexit Secretary David Davis stepped down from his Cabinet position over Downing Street’s proposals on Brexit. Both Davis and Johnson had expressed concerns over May’s Brexit plans which has already been agreed on by senior ministers.
According to reports, Mr Johnson said putting a positive gloss on the Prime Minister’s Brexit package would be like “polishing a turd”. On Monday the Prime Minister appointed Brexiteer Dominic Raab as Mr Davis’ replacement.
May has been under fire after Davis’s stepping down and now Johnson’s resignation may give ammunition to opposition to target her over the Brexit strategy.
“Boris’ resignation is further confirmation that the Cabinet’s fragile truce has been broken, with the Brexit extremists sabotaging May’s plan and any hope of Brexit progress. With such toxic extremism guiding Brexit, having the option to stay is now more important than ever.” MP Gareth Thomas was quoted by Newsi as saying.
“The HMS Tory Party is sinking fast, Tories cannot even move the deckchairs around as there is nobody to sit in them any more,” Education secretary Angela Rayner was quoted as saying after the resignation.